Useful Community Development: What's New

Here are the most recent important changes to our website, including new articles, visitor questions, and editors' answers. You'll also find links to significantly revised pages.

Promise to Planning Board Not Kept

Visitor Question: What recourse do I have if a developer agreed in a planning board public meeting to make a deed restriction on clearing of buffer in

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Ballot initiative downzoning a land parcel

Visitor Question: A ballot initiative by the citizens of Aurora, CO down zoned a 10 acre parcel of land some years ago, and now a developer wants to rezone

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Deed Restrictions Next Door Being Violated

Visitor Question: My neighbor and I have the same deed restrictions. (1) Restrictions say no business is allowed. However, he operates and they advertise

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Two Countries, Two Cities, Two Neighborhoods and One People!

Visitor Contribution: The names Calexico and Mexicali are both city names taken from the names California and Mexico. This two cities are separated by

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What is Resiliency Planning

Visitor Question: What does resiliency planning mean? I am a plan commission member, and I was sitting in my second meeting when a lively discussion of

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1960s Rental Unit Found Unpermitted

Visitor Question: Hello there, I currently live in a downstairs unit of a duplex in an unincorporated area of our county. Long story short, the county

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YIMBY Mini-Movement Says Yes to Greater Livability

YIMBY is an acronym for Yes In My Backyard. The concept arises in reaction to the NIMBY phenomenon opposing denser housing, mixed-income housing, and other social goods.

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Additional Set of Deed Restrictions

Visitor Question: I am in contract to purchase a property here in Hays County Texas. The property in located in a subdivision with recorded Deed restrictions

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Typical Percentage of Land Uses

Visitor Question: What proportion of the land in cities and towns typically is taken up by each type of land use? Editors Reply: The answer to this is

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Not Informed About Covenants and Restrictions

Visitor Question: What happens when the sellers check the box on the sellers disclosure that says there are no covenants and restrictions and then you

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Replacement of Non-Conforming Structure

Visitor Question: Is it possible (i.e. legal) to tear down a non-conforming structure (over 95%, Ordinance says over 75% replacement must fully comply

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Could Residents and Landlords Collaborate to Plant Shrubs

Visitor Question: My city has no requirement for shrubs on residential properties, and rental properties often have none. At least one block in my neighborhood

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Rule Breaking Neighbors Going to Sell

Visitor Question: How do I get the neighbors to fix /comply with our rules before they sell? I do not want to start any bad relationship with the next

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Builder Does Not Meet Subdivision Restrictions

Visitor Question: We have a builder that continues to build houses that do not meet our subdivision's restrictions... for example: gravel driveway, non-brick

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Residential to Commercial Rezoning

Visitor Question: I live on a major road on the outside of a subdivision. There are businesses across the street from me. My question is how do I have

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